December 24, 2008, - 11:12 am
A Tiny Victory: Schlussel Readers Force Detroit Free Press to Issue Correction in Story Where Muslim Reporter Lied About Israel
By Debbie Schlussel
Yesterday, I told readers about how Detroit Free Press Muslim “reporter”/propagandist Niraj Warikoo lied to Free Press readers. He deliberately reported as fact a tall tale told by a Muslim Palestinian woman, claiming that Israeli soldiers shot her grandfather in 1967. Warikoo never checked out the story nor attempted to verify it. He simply reported it as fact and lied. As I told you, the Free Press refused to issue a correction and edit the online version of the story to reflect this lie.
Many of you contacted the Free Press, and today, we got our “clarification,” after the Freep’s refusal to do so. They backed down. And I thank you immensely for your vigilance and action. Here’s the result:
Disparate backgrounds source of bond
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER
CLARIFICATION: This article should have attributed statements to Rashida Tlaib that said her grandfather was shot several times by an Israeli soldier during the 1967 Arab-Israeli Conflict.
But it’s not enough. Warikoo knew better. He violated the principles taught in a basic high school journalism stuff because he has an agenda. You can’t believe a word this guy “reports,” er . . . regurgitates. And he–and HIS EDITORS–should be disciplined. And Warikoo, who clearly has an agenda–which clearly affects his “reporting,” should be removed from covering the Muslim and Jewish beats. I’m not holding my breath for either of these things to happen, since the Free Press doesn’t care about journalistic ethics and only issued the clarification under pressure.
It should be noted that the Detroit Jewish Community Council, which claims to be the “voice of the Jewish Community in Detroit,” did nothing, after I contacted Associate Director Allan Gale, who gets paid to do the work we did (and he didn’t). He told me he’d do something, but today, he told me he’s “still looking into it.” Like O.J. looking for the real killers. We did the work the some Americans–bad reporters, bad editors, negligent/unrepresentative Jewish community leaders–won’t do.
Now, let’s see if they publish my letter to the editor on this.